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Personal Essay: An Uphill Battle by Tim Donahue

If you look at the lines that graph long-term athletic performance – VO2 max, anaerobic threshold, maximum heart rate, 10k running speed – it can be pretty demoralizing. Even before age 30, there’s a slow and steady cant downward, and then by the mid-40s, a descent into a valley that plunges toward the abyss’s void of emptiness.    Some of us choose to oppose these trendlines, wrestling with them like tentacles in a roiling sea of...

FasterSkier’s 12 Days of FBD Christmas: Day 12

DDay 2 | Day 4 | Day 6 | 7 | Day 9 | Day 11 *** Day 12: Masters World Cup Total World Domination Package Day Twelve. We made it. Wow. Sure, we lost a few along the way, good men (and women, though most women were likely smart enough to not set foot on this sinking ship in the first place) As a quick aside, I bartended at Smullin’s rehearsal dinner, so I naturally wore a name tag...

Masters Minds: From Texas to Eagle Glacier

By Jason Somers Introduction: Welcome to the jungle My quads were burning from too much snowplowing. My coach’s words were echoing in my head: “You are most stable when tucking.” I willed, begged, and pleaded with my legs to assume the position, but being in this aerodynamic position also meant I would go fast, too fast, because at the moment I had one small problem – I couldn’t see where I was going. This small...

2016 AXCS National Masters Coming To Royal Gorge March 19-20 With several feet of recent fresh snowfall to replenish the trails, the world-famous Royal Gorge ski resort is ready and waiting for master skiers from across the USA to visit for the 2016 National Masters coming up March 19-20. Racing will start off on Saturday, March 19 with a 10km classic race. Skiers will start in various waves based on age category registration. An open...

Press release) In response to the popularity of last year’s Masters’ Camps, we’ll be offering two sessions again this December. December 3-6, 2015 December 10-13, 2015 The first camp will be geared more toward newer skiers or those who haven’t raced before; the second will be aimed more at the master skier who has been competing and wants to race faster. Participants will get three days on snow (four if you get to campus early...

This summer APU is hosting a masters on-snow ski camp at the Thomas Training Center on Eagle Glacier. Come experience glacier training, just as APU’s Elite team and Olympians Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks, Erik and Sadie Bjornsen make their seasons. “Skiers are made in the Summer” The camp is coached by APU Elite coach Erik Flora, Greta Anderson and Galen Johnson. Erik has coached at Olympic and World Championship levels, including three time Overall World...

Registration is Open for The Masters XC Ski Camps December 19-22, 2013 at the Canmore Nordic Centre REGISTER REGISTER REGISTER Optimize your technique and learn from the best at the Canmore Masters XC Ski Camp. This Masters Camp is for all levels and ages of skiers – catering to novice, intermediate and advanced cross-country skiers. three Masters XC Ski Camps at the Canmore Nordic Centre – December 19-22, 2013. Coaching ratio is eight skiers per...

Idaho Masters Skiers, Montana State University’s Movement Science Lab is looking for Nordic skiers to participate in a research project this fall and winter. We are looking for Masters-level cross country skiers who fit the following criteria: 40-69 years old, male or female. Competitive cross-country skiers who plan on participating in the 2014 Boulder Mountain Tour. Interested in being part of a ground-breaking study on this unique population of athletes. The purpose of the project...

This Month in Journals: What Happens When We Get Old

By the time we hit 70, the physiological differences in how men and women respond to exercise have disappeared. Plus, we'll be smiling and thanking our parents for making us ski, because ex-athletes experience fewer fractures at that age. In other research, continuing the definition of "athlete's heart" and confirming a genetic basis of the training response.

The 2013 AXCS National Masters overlaid on the Boulder Mountain Tour weekend in Sun Valley, Idaho, wrapped up on Saturday, February 2 with the naming of the honorary 2013 U.S. Masters XC Ski Team. Based on the top individual in each masters age group, the team is selected using a modified World Cup point system over the best 2 of 2 individual events at the National Masters. The skiers named to the U.S. Masters XC...

To help promote the 2010 AXCS National Masters slated for the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont (January 28-30, 2010)  American XC Skiers (AXCS) is excited to introduce the 2010 National Masters Club Challenge. The 2010 Club Challenge is a very simple concept designed specifically to encourage clubs to participate as a group at the National Masters event — particularly the Thursday, January 28 10km FS National Masters Championship. Every skier that registers and participates...